The combined record of the Knicks and Timberwolves over the last 12 seasons is (shield your eyes, kids) 657-1,151.

So forgive us for being skeptical that this will all go according to plan, rather than get James Dolan-ed or muddied by franchises that can't get out of their own way.

At least for now, though, it's nice to envision: a longstanding rivalry between two big men, two new-age hybrid giants - Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns - who are both 21 years old and already dominating the NBA.

"Sky's the limit for them two guys," Carmelo Anthony said. "Towns is playing the way he's playing. Kristaps is getting better and better everyday. They'll be around for a long time. They'll be the face of this league in a couple of years."

The encore of the Porzingis-Towns show is arriving at the Garden on Friday, two days after they combined for 76 points and 26 rebounds in Minny.

Towns was the dominant force with a career night and 47 points on 15-of-22 shooting, but Porzingis was the victor in the final score and their collision at the rim (Towns attempted to posterize Porzingis in the second quarter but was forced to reconfigure because of the defender's height and was blocked by the rim).

"He tried," Porzingis said.

You'll be disappointed if you are hoping for a nasty rivalry between these two guys. In today's NBA of greater exposure and instant communication, enemies are much harder to find than friends (unless you're Dwight Howard).